Farnham coronavirus tier 2 day seven

A pleasant sunny morning, though very very cold, barely above freezing.

A trip to Coffee Gems with beans roasted in Ceylon, confirms my thoughts, over roasted at too high a temperature but underlying notes suggested possibilities. Need 1kg of green beans to evaluate, or if different varieties available, 1kg of each variety. Shipping roasted beans from Ceylon is not a realistic or viable option.

Very cold walking along the River Wey and through Gostrey Meadow.

Downing Street is going through a phase it went through several years ago, with many businesses closing.

To Blue Bear Bookshop. A coffee and a cake. Cakes and coffee better than Gail’s bakery.

Many of the books shrink wrapped in plastic. This is not good news. The only reason to visit a bookshop is to browse.

Hand sanitiser before touching books, then leave books to one side for a couple of days.

Dead stock, but no more dead than if shrink wrapped.

It is possible to buy from Blue Bear Books on-line via Bookshop.org but its ethics no better if not worse than Amazon, bookshops get less than if book purchased in-store and they are forcing independent publishers to give bigger discounts than Amazon. What amounts to little more than a thin veneer of greenwash, we are not Amazon.

To the Oxfam Bookshop. A good selection of books.

I picked up The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula le Guin, and to my surprise found Gone With the Wind.

Oxfam has hand sanitiser by the door but it is hidden, only seen as leaving the store.

Waiting in the cold for a late running bus.

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